Indictments in Atlanta Cheating Scandal Make Me Wonder: When Will Michelle Rhee & Her Enablers Also Be Indicted?

Those who trust our DCPS leaders to do the right thing regarding building a school here in Turkey Thicket should consider this:
.
Beverly Hall, the ex-superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, was just indicted with a recommended multi-million-dollar bond for leading a massive cheating ring run by her and some administrators and teachers on their state’s standardized tests; she and her cronies raked in big bucks and much fame and honors for these fake high scores. A link to today’s NYT article: http://nyti.ms/10ocfEK
.
USA Today ran a brilliant series of investigative columns about a year or so ago on cheating by adults on standardized tests in Atlanta, Washington DC, and several other cities. The cheating here in DC, according to their serious, well-documented investigation, was about on a par with that in Atlanta, IMHO.  The most brazen example that they found — and one of the few examples where the reporters could find people willing to speak on the record — was right here in Brookland at Crosby Noyes ES/EC, under then-principal Wayne Ryan. You may have also noted that the principal at Noyes who followed Ryan found extremely clear evidence of said cheating ring, and spoke out about it, and was forced to resign for telling the truth. (Look up John Merrow’s PBS special on that.) That principal was later also publicly vilified by Henderson — essentially for telling the truth about the cheating.
.
If you recall, Ryan earned big bucks, a promotion, and lots of fame and honors for leading a ring of teachers and administrators who changed students’ answers on the DC-CAS for many years. Michelle Rhee promoted him to the central office as being “all that” – a position that he mysteriously abandoned once the excrement hit the ventilator (figuratively speaking), just as Beverly Hall conveniently retired.
.
Rhee herself similarly lied, repeatedly, in print and in numerous interviews, about her own non-existent, utterly unbelievable “90% below the 13th percentile rising to 90% above the 90th percentile” miracle in Baltimore. She lied about much more on her resume, and once chosen to be chancellor, gave all DC principals marching orders on how much to inflate their students’ test scores in the coming year and earn big bucks, or be fired. Kaya Henderson defended Rhee and Ryan, and was deputy to Rhee during all those shenanigans and lies.
.
BTW: I and many others have shown that there has been NO tremendous surge in NAEP scores in DCPS under the disastrous reign of Rhee and Henderson. The one big change is that the gap between the scores of the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’, between those of white kids and non-white kids, and between those with free or reduced-price lnches and those without, has WIDENED and the gap is by far the widest here in DC than in any other state or city. If you don’t believe me, go look up the NAEP scores yourself, or look in my blog under NAEP in its little search engine. (You can also use my blog to do searches for the original news articles on the scandals I am discussing here.)
.
I wonder when the turn before the grand jury will come for Ryan, Henderson, and Rhee.
.
(Obviously not while we have Arne Duncan in the DOE and Charles Willoughby as our IG.)
.
My conclusion is this:
.
My neighbors here in Brookland should not expect any of the people I mentioned to do anything right for you or for me or my kids or my grandchild-to-be.
.
The people I named are utterly corrupt, and take their lying very seriously.
.
Not our welfare.
Your thoughts?

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/indictments-in-atlanta-cheating-scandal-make-me-wonder-when-will-michelle-rhee-her-enablers-also-be-indicted/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

5 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. […] In this post, he asks whether today’s indictments in Atlanta might be followed by similar indictments in the District of Columbia. […]

    Like

  2. Reblogged this on Transparent Christina.

    Like

  3. For the worst HORROR STORY of all, about the extreme use of Standardized Testing to produce phony results:
    http://www.mountainmaninsights.org Education Termination

    Like

  4. Why stop with DC schools leaders? Why not Federal govt. leaders as well? What Allen did was create a culture of fear and “no excuses” pressure. How different is this from NCLB itself? I await the indictment of Bush, Boehner, Obama, Duncan, et al.

    http://literacyinleafstrewn.blogspot.com/2013/03/should-we-indict-bush-boehner-obama-and.html

    Like

  5. […] my guess is that is not going to happen. If such a blast does go off, it will be in part thanks to the efforts of retired teacher b.F. Brandenberg. Even if it does, Atlanta-like pressures and behaviors have arrived much closer to […]

    Like


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: